Ancient and treasured for the highly fragrant petals for oils and perfumes, Damask roses are named for their purported origin in Damascus, Syria. ‘Kazanlik’ is named for the town in Bulgaria where acres of roses are harvested for the ‘Attar of Rose’ – the ingredient for perfumes, rose water and rose oil. Flowers are generally lightly doubled and quite loose with rose-pink colouring. These roses have grey-green leaves on angular shrubs, will bloom in clusters and are intensely intoxicatingly sweet in their scent. DAMASK, C.1689.
Plant in an open, sunny position, in free-draining, neutral soil that is rich in organic matter. Water deeply to encourage strong roots when establishing and provide supplementary watering during dry periods. Roses are heavy feeders and will benefit from organic fertiliser, twice-yearly in heavy soils (spring and late summer) or four times in sandy soil. Deadhead regularly for repeat flowering. Prune to maintain density and shape.